Marissa Carruthers

Marissa Carruthers

Marissa is a British journalist of 15 years, who relocated to Cambodia almost six years ago. She writes about lifestyle, travel and culture across Southeast Asia and has been contributing to the Post for the last five years.

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Emphasis will be on eco-tourism when Cambodia reopens to visitors, as operators bet on appetite for open spaces, nature and engaging experiences

World Bank project helps Cambodia promote eco-tourism, as travel operators bet on an increased appetite for nature and engaging experiences when visitors return after the pandemic.

World Bank project helps Cambodia promote eco-tourism, as travel operators bet on an increased appetite for nature and engaging experiences when visitors return after the pandemic.

20 Sep 2021 - 7:15AM
Hotels, airlines and travel agents in Asia offer great deals for early booking as coronavirus vaccinations raise possibility of holidays in 2021

Hotels, airlines and travel agents in Asia are hopeful of a resumption of tourism, and many are offering flexible flight tickets and large discounts in return for early bookings.

Hotels, airlines and travel agents in Asia are hopeful of a resumption of tourism, and many are offering flexible flight tickets and large discounts in return for early bookings.

26 Apr 2021 - 7:15AM
In Cambodia, a property tycoon beats his wife in a Facebook video – and she gets blamed

The tycoon has gained sympathy from followers by claiming he was provoked, highlighting a cultural prevalence of victim shaming.

The tycoon has gained sympathy from followers by claiming he was provoked, highlighting a cultural prevalence of victim shaming.

31 May 2021 - 11:17AM
Twitcher tours: why birdwatching in Cambodia is expected to take flight in a post-Covid world

Avitourism, looks set to be an important eco-travel trend in a post-Covid-19 world, and the potential saviour of threatened species in Cambodia and other habitat-rich, cash-poor countries.

Avitourism, looks set to be an important eco-travel trend in a post-Covid-19 world, and the potential saviour of threatened species in Cambodia and other habitat-rich, cash-poor countries.

13 Mar 2021 - 9:15AM
Angkor Wat as it was, Gardens by the Bay for children, Bagan temples by bike – virtual tours of Southeast Asia whet appetites for return to travel

Although Singapore, Bali and other Southeast Asian destinations are still closed to tourists, virtual tours will put you in the mood for when flying takes off again. Here are the some of the best. 

Although Singapore, Bali and other Southeast Asian destinations are still closed to tourists, virtual tours will put you in the mood for when flying takes off again. Here are the some of the best. 

20 Feb 2021 - 6:15PM
Chinese construction in Cambodia’s ‘next tourism hotspot’, Kampot, has residents and NGOs worried

With heavy Chinese investment, rising land prices, major construction projects and the clearing of part of a national park for development, sleepy Kampot in Cambodia is in danger of losing its laid-back reputation.

With heavy Chinese investment, rising land prices, major construction projects and the clearing of part of a national park for development, sleepy Kampot in Cambodia is in danger of losing its laid-back reputation.

9 Jan 2021 - 9:22AM
Five-star hotel opening in Phnom Penh takes on added importance for industry battered by Covid-19, with thousands of Cambodian tourism jobs lost

The opening of the five-star Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh hotel was always going to be a big deal. Covid-19 has lent it added importance – the pandemic has cost Cambodia thousands of tourism jobs.

The opening of the five-star Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh hotel was always going to be a big deal. Covid-19 has lent it added importance – the pandemic has cost Cambodia thousands of tourism jobs.

2 Dec 2020 - 2:36PM
Stories of the Phuket tourism workers hit hard by plunge in travel to Thailand amid the Covid-19 crisis

Boat operator shut his business but considers himself lucky. At least he can fish. Friends from elsewhere in Thailand left Phuket ‘with no job to go home to … they went back with nothing’.

Boat operator shut his business but considers himself lucky. At least he can fish. Friends from elsewhere in Thailand left Phuket ‘with no job to go home to … they went back with nothing’.

26 Oct 2020 - 1:12PM
Skateboarding in Cambodia: how Tony Hawk, an Australian photographer and an NGO from Afghanistan sparked a thriving scene

Cambodia’s skateboarding scene is barely a decade old but a visit from Tony Hawk and an NGO from Afghanistan prompted the founding of a professional federation, and now young skaters are dreaming of success at the 2023 SEA Games.

Cambodia’s skateboarding scene is barely a decade old but a visit from Tony Hawk and an NGO from Afghanistan prompted the founding of a professional federation, and now young skaters are dreaming of success at the 2023 SEA Games.

13 Aug 2020 - 7:20AM
Agritourism: why farm stays and rural experiences are set to be the next big travel trend

Agritourism encompasses farm stays and experiences such as working the land, herding livestock and taking part in cookery classes, and it’s a travel trend set to rapidly accelerate post-pandemic.

Agritourism encompasses farm stays and experiences such as working the land, herding livestock and taking part in cookery classes, and it’s a travel trend set to rapidly accelerate post-pandemic.

11 Dec 2020 - 12:40PM
Health and safety to come first for tourism in Thailand when travel resumes after Covid-19. Hygiene measures offer a clean break for visitors

Health and safety will be Thailand’s number one priority when tourism returns. Hygiene measures in 10 tourist-related industries will be unveiled to boost visitors’ confidence.

Health and safety will be Thailand’s number one priority when tourism returns. Hygiene measures in 10 tourist-related industries will be unveiled to boost visitors’ confidence.

25 May 2020 - 6:24PM
Coronavirus pandemic: top vacation spots hold out for recovery, but could a more responsible tourism emerge?

The coronavirus has emptied the world’s tourist hotspots. The industry can only wait for a rebound, but some are asking whether places adversely affected by mass tourism could benefit from more responsible tourism in future.

The coronavirus has emptied the world’s tourist hotspots. The industry can only wait for a rebound, but some are asking whether places adversely affected by mass tourism could benefit from more responsible tourism in future.

23 Mar 2020 - 7:24PM
Genetic testing home kits spark a travel trend – trips to find our roots, with ‘DNA travel’ agencies creating bespoke tours

A family tree used to take years of painstaking research, but with the introduction of home kits for genetic testing, more people are learning about their origins – and the travel industry has taken notice.

A family tree used to take years of painstaking research, but with the introduction of home kits for genetic testing, more people are learning about their origins – and the travel industry has taken notice.

11 Feb 2020 - 2:57AM
Undiscovered Bohol in Philippines eyes sustainable tourism development as new airport set to bring surge in visitors

The island, with its spectacular karst hills, coral reefs and rich marine life, is determined to safeguard its environment as more tourist resorts and attractions are built, and avoid pitfalls of other destinations.

The island, with its spectacular karst hills, coral reefs and rich marine life, is determined to safeguard its environment as more tourist resorts and attractions are built, and avoid pitfalls of other destinations.

25 Nov 2019 - 6:38PM
Fishermen’s friends: dolphins under threat in Myanmar, but eco-tour group works to save them

Dolphins that work with fishermen on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar are threatened by overfishing. An ecologist and a tour group are working to assure the survival of the critically endangered mammals and the fishermen’s livelihoods.

Dolphins that work with fishermen on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar are threatened by overfishing. An ecologist and a tour group are working to assure the survival of the critically endangered mammals and the fishermen’s livelihoods.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:40PM
Off the radar, coral-fringed Indonesian islands are heaven for beach lovers, divers, and those who don’t need Wi-fi to have some fun

The Karimunjawa archipelago boasts pristine, near-deserted beaches and clear waters ideal for diving; go beach and island hopping, walk through mangrove forests, and wind down at the end of the day on the appropriately named Sunset Beach.

The Karimunjawa archipelago boasts pristine, near-deserted beaches and clear waters ideal for diving; go beach and island hopping, walk through mangrove forests, and wind down at the end of the day on the appropriately named Sunset Beach.

12 Nov 2019 - 6:03PM
How Asia’s female tour guides are breaking gender barriers

From Cambodia to Nepal to Vietnam women are taking on a previously male-dominated career. They feel empowered and independent, but say there are still prejudices to overcome.

From Cambodia to Nepal to Vietnam women are taking on a previously male-dominated career. They feel empowered and independent, but say there are still prejudices to overcome.

28 Oct 2019 - 7:22PM
Visiting Hong Kong has never been cheaper as protests drag on – US$400 fares from New York, US$180 from Singapore, anybody?

Eye-catching deals on flights to Hong Kong can be had in October as anti-government protests continue – US$460 from London, US$112 from Manila among them – as airlines try to fill seats amid a plunge in tourism.

Eye-catching deals on flights to Hong Kong can be had in October as anti-government protests continue – US$460 from London, US$112 from Manila among them – as airlines try to fill seats amid a plunge in tourism.

3 Oct 2019 - 1:43PM
Seven scenic spots being ruined by Instagram tourists, from Paris to Hong Kong

Instagram, Facebook and the like have helped boost the appeal of locations around the world for younger travellers, though it is not always welcome. Here are some of the places paying the price for their popularity.

Instagram, Facebook and the like have helped boost the appeal of locations around the world for younger travellers, though it is not always welcome. Here are some of the places paying the price for their popularity.

24 Sep 2019 - 8:35PM
TripAdvisor urges Google and Facebook to step up fake-posts fight after it detects over a million bogus reviews

A TripAdvisor report found that nearly 1.4 million of 66 million reviews submitted to the site in 2018 were fake, with one senior director urging other review platforms like Google and Facebook to help fight a widespread problem.

A TripAdvisor report found that nearly 1.4 million of 66 million reviews submitted to the site in 2018 were fake, with one senior director urging other review platforms like Google and Facebook to help fight a widespread problem.

18 Sep 2019 - 8:07PM
Air fares plunge amid Hong Kong protests, to as low as US$153 for return flight to Los Angeles

Airlines are offering ‘incredible deals’ in an attempt to fill seats as tourism falls amid the anti-government protests, which triggered a partial shutdown of the city’s airport. Direct flights to Europe can be had for around US$500.

Airlines are offering ‘incredible deals’ in an attempt to fill seats as tourism falls amid the anti-government protests, which triggered a partial shutdown of the city’s airport. Direct flights to Europe can be had for around US$500.

1 Oct 2019 - 10:00AM
Is Chinese money drowning Sihanoukville, Cambodia? Floods blamed on rapid pace of development

Sihanoukville has become a focal point for Chinese investment, but the speed of development has outpaced essential town planning. With floods causing extensive damage, there are worries things are only going to get worse.

Sihanoukville has become a focal point for Chinese investment, but the speed of development has outpaced essential town planning. With floods causing extensive damage, there are worries things are only going to get worse.

2 Sep 2019 - 5:20AM
Five digital nomad retreats to help you work around the world hassle-free

To cater to the growing global army of digital nomads, a rising number of digital nomad retreats are cropping up. They offer a combination of co-working and co-living options, which range in length of time and destinations.

To cater to the growing global army of digital nomads, a rising number of digital nomad retreats are cropping up. They offer a combination of co-working and co-living options, which range in length of time and destinations.

28 Aug 2019 - 4:25AM
Cambodian arts festival celebrates music, dance and performance as scene thrives once again

In November, traditional and contemporary performing artists will join forces to showcase the finest in Cambodian music, dance and performance, marking 40 years since the Khmer Rouge all but wiped out the country’s cultural scene.

In November, traditional and contemporary performing artists will join forces to showcase the finest in Cambodian music, dance and performance, marking 40 years since the Khmer Rouge all but wiped out the country’s cultural scene.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:11AM
Four travel apps for the tech-savvy tourist in Asia, from AR tours to car-booking systems

With more tech-savvy Gen Zers embarking on globe-trotting trips, a wave of digital start-ups are making travel easier. With Asia home to a mounting collection of innovative travel tech start-ups, here are four regional businesses who are using technology to aid travel. 

With more tech-savvy Gen Zers embarking on globe-trotting trips, a wave of digital start-ups are making travel easier. With Asia home to a mounting collection of innovative travel tech start-ups, here are four regional businesses who are using technology to aid travel. 

26 Aug 2019 - 11:24AM
Life under the Khmer Rouge: Cambodian family who buried their past to ensure their future

The Rama family buried their family photographs to hide their past when the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in the 1970s. Photographer Charles Fox has created a book filled with these retrieved photos.

The Rama family buried their family photographs to hide their past when the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in the 1970s. Photographer Charles Fox has created a book filled with these retrieved photos.

31 Jul 2019 - 5:35AM
Sustainable travel: in Myanmar, eco-tourism pioneer helps Inle Lake recover, and benefit, from rise in visitors

Inle Lake was so clean you could wash in it when Yin Myo Su was growing up. A decade ago, alarmed by its low water quality, she launched efforts to clean it up, teach people about the lake’s value and give its young people hope.

Inle Lake was so clean you could wash in it when Yin Myo Su was growing up. A decade ago, alarmed by its low water quality, she launched efforts to clean it up, teach people about the lake’s value and give its young people hope.

30 Jul 2019 - 7:58PM
Sustainable travel: tourism operators reducing or ending plastic use, and taking other steps to safeguard the environment

Companies that make a living from attracting tourists to Asian beauty spots are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment; many are striving to end their reliance on single-use plastic.

Companies that make a living from attracting tourists to Asian beauty spots are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment; many are striving to end their reliance on single-use plastic.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:31PM
Off the beaten track in Quy Nhon, Central Vietnam’s next big thing, for a laid-back beach holiday

With clean beaches, quaint fishing villages and emerald green paddy fields, Quy Nhon offers a quiet respite for travellers – although development is coming. Enjoy amazing seafood, historic sites and sundowners above lapping waves.

With clean beaches, quaint fishing villages and emerald green paddy fields, Quy Nhon offers a quiet respite for travellers – although development is coming. Enjoy amazing seafood, historic sites and sundowners above lapping waves.

7 May 2019 - 10:43PM
Best things to do in Doha on a short trip, from bazaar shopping to dune bashing

From the Souk Watif bazaar to Islamic art central to zooming up and down dunes in an SUV, there is plenty to do in Doha on a stopover or short trip.

From the Souk Watif bazaar to Islamic art central to zooming up and down dunes in an SUV, there is plenty to do in Doha on a stopover or short trip.

30 Apr 2019 - 6:55PM